A video recently uploaded to YouTube depicts two women jumping to a Muslim couple's defense in a New York City subway — so it's easy to see why it has gone viral.
The Muslim passengers were being assaulted by a rider who appears to be Latina when two women stood up for the victims.
At first, we hear a hysterical passenger asking a Muslim rider why was she in the country. “Why are you in this country if you're not with us?,” she continues. That's when a second female voice is heard.
“Who's us?” — she asks.
Taking a defensive tone, the prejudiced passenger responds:
“Us. And maybe they’re not taking my back, I know nobody taking my back. And that’s a shame, but I will take my own back.”
“Nobody on this train is with you,” the off-screen voice responds as a third woman adds:
“Whether you’re born from here, Puerto Rico, wherever you are from, I don’t like the way you’re treating her. It’s rude, we’re here in it together, OK? We’re all in this together. Whether we like what’s going on in the government or not.
You’re a grown woman. You suck it up and you defend your brothers and sisters because that’s what you are. If you’re a part of this country, you’re brothers and sisters with everyone.”
These two women's passionate defense of individuals being mistreated simply because of their religion was highly praised on social media.We can all see why the brave act has garnered so much attention as the country has been grappling with President Donald Trump's radical travel policies targeting individuals from Muslim-majority countries.
Latina defends Muslim couple from another Latina. YES!! So important !!https://t.co/q7dt2BA9Fg— GENESIS RODRIGUEZ (@genirodriguez) March 12, 2017
Shout of to this beautiful Latina woman. Latin Americans really need to address their Anti Blackness & Islamophobia. https://t.co/Dfa68RBlnP— Achmat X (@AchmatX) March 14, 2017
As immigrants struggle to grasp what the future will look like in the age of Trump, it's beautiful to see people coming together to defend each other from racially-charged attacks — verbal or otherwise.
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